Even though your diesel engine doesn’t need as many repairs as your standard gas engine, those repairs that you DO need tend to be extremely expensive. Making sure you give your diesel engine TLC with regular maintenance can go a long way toward offsetting the high costs of fuel and extending the life of your engine. Check out these 10 tips to stay on top of:
1. Regularly inspect your glow plugs, particularly in winter.
2. Check the mounting bolts of your gaskets so leaks don’t occur.
3. Allow fluids to cool properly before checking or draining them. This way, you do your part to keep accidents at bay and avoid damage.
4. Choose your oil filter carefully, preferably one that keeps corrosive particles out, such as sulfur residue and carbon.
5. Always turn the engine off before doing any work on it. Go slow when performing maintenance, take your time, and double check everything.
6. On a regular basis, do a comprehensive maintenance check on your diesel engine. Change the oil and air filters as directed so your engine works as it should. Hire a trusted professional to handle maintenance checks if you are unable to.
7. Add diesel treatment to your tank to keep impurities at bay. Those impurities can affect the quality of your engine performance, leading to less efficiency.
8. Keep an eye on the dash panel to check on any engine damage alerts, every time you start up the truck.
9. Check your gaskets because they can fall victim to extreme operating conditions. For example, re-torque all mounting bolts regularly.
10. Use bio-diesel for cleaner operation and fewer deposits. This will contribute to your engine’s longevity.
As you head through the heart of winter, give your diesel a little extra attention and care. Following regular maintenance tips can keep your operating costs down and extend the life of your engine.